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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 170..


Personal explanations

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, under standing order 46, I seek to clarify a personal matter.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Pratt.

MR PRATT: I wish to point out that on radio 2CC this morning the Chief Minister, Mr Stanhope, erroneously suggested I was not supportive of the Assembly's acknowledgment of the traditional owners of this place. This is patently untrue, as you yourself, Mr Speaker will attest, since last Friday at around 4.30 pm, along with Mrs Dunne, Mrs Cross and others, I was given your framework for the exercise to acknowledge the true owners of this land, to which I gave my unequivocal and immediate support. On these issues, my record speaks for itself. I therefore wish, for the record, for the truth of this matter to be acknowledged by the Chief Minister and by the house.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker I seek leave to make a brief statement to clarify something I said in question time today.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: In a supplementary question to Mr Corbell I asked him about the case of Evatt before the AAT. I am sorry. I got my Belconnen suburbs mixed up. It was in fact Spence. I apologise for any confusion that may have caused.

Gungahlin drive extension

Debate resumed.

MS DUNDAS (4.28): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move the two amendments circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MS DUNDAS: I move the following amendments to Mr Corbell's amendments:

Insert after "Canberra" in paragraph (2)-

"as a matter of urgency and concurrent with any development of major arterial roads"

Add the following new subparagraphs after (2) (f)-

"(g) development of a Territory-wide Integrated Transport Strategy, including light rail, buses, cycling, pedestrians and telecommuting in addition to private vehicles, using a genuine and open process of community consultation;

(h) approaching the National Capital Authority to request the removal of Monash Drive from the Territory Plan;

(i) removal of the proposed Monash Drive from the Territory Plan."

I am concerned, as are others in this Assembly and in the community, that since self-government debates have gone back and forth, and there has been a lack of long-term leadership regarding transport in the ACT. The issue of Gungahlin Drive and transport


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